Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

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Eilidh Whiteford (Banff and Buchan, Scottish National Party)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the number of users of Motability cars of the removal of the mobility component of the disability living allowance for people in residential care.

Maria Miller (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Disabled People), Work and Pensions; Basingstoke, Conservative)

It is estimated that around 8,000 users of the Motability scheme will be affected by the removal of the mobility component of disability living allowance for people already in receipt of state funding for some, or all of their care costs in the form of local authority care packages. The Department will be discussing the proposed measure with Motability to enable them to decide how best they can manage the impact of this change on their customers.

Local authority contracts with care homes should cover services to meet all a resident’s assessed needs, including any assessed mobility needs, so an individual’s care support and mobility needs should be met by residential care providers from social care funding. This measure will remove an overlap of public funds while ensuring that resources continue to be targeted at disabled people with the greatest needs.

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Grahame Morris (Easington, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people resident in (a) England and (b) Easington constituency with a learning disability he estimates will be affected by proposals to remove the mobility component of disability living allowance for those who live in residential care homes; and if he will make a statement.

Maria Miller (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Disabled People), Work and Pensions; Basingstoke, Conservative)

Reliable estimates of main disabling condition, including learning disabilities, for disability living allowance claimants in residential care homes are not available. Reliable estimate of numbers of Disability Living Allowance claimants in residential care homes are not available other than on a Great Britain wide basis. We estimate approximately 60,000 people who claim DLA and live in residential care will be affected by this measure in Great Britain.

Local authority contracts with care homes should cover services to meet all a resident’s assessed needs, including any assessed mobility needs, so an individual’s care support and mobility needs should be met by residential care providers from social care funding. This measure will remove an overlap of public funds while ensuring that resources continue to be targeted at disabled people with the greatest needs.

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8 Responses to “Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes”

  1. ians12 Says:

    Maria Miller is just an automaton. No human could be so insensitive to the suffering this will cause and make such statements.

    • Paul Says:

      So many automata these days, all telling us how their decisions were “tough” but they’re “determined to see them through”- when in reality they simply don’t care.

      Psych profiles are created when you go for a job these days, and when it comes to public service jobs there is some evidence to show that employers are actually looking for people without consciences. If that’s true then it’s easy to see how a neo-fascist system can then become self-perpetuating.

  2. Alan Wheatley, Green Party of England & Wales Spokesperson on Disability and Social Care Services Says:

    I quote:

    “The Department will be discussing the proposed measure with Motability to enable them to decide how best they can manage the impact of this change on their customers.”

    ConDem coaliton government is not managing or working, but passing the buck. ConDem government, like New Labour government, should make savings from the profiteers that are publicly funded in inflicting misery on vulnerable people. (I am not talking about Motability here, but Atos Origin.)

    Later today, I face my second Work Capability Assessment at Atos Origin ‘Healthcentre’. In December 2009 I had to take the ‘zero eligibility points’ outcome of my first WCA to tribunal, where it was set aside, I was awarded 21 points and put into the Support Group.

    In the further two months plus that it took the DWP’s assessments and appeals section to wade through to my tribunal outcome, they lost the right to appeal against that decision after the end of the first month. On jobseeker benefits since November 1977, I had accumulated the grand total of 17 months waged employment, 11 months of which had been since leaving university in early 1977 with only £4K of student debt [now risen to £5K plus with interest].

    Yet the Atos Origin ‘Approved Healthcare Practitioner’ — in recording for my occupational history that I had last worked four years previously as a social care worker to adults with learning difficulties and left because of stress — inferred that my previous record of waged employment had been seamless.

    The best I can hope for from today’s Work Capability Assessment is that I remain in the Support Group where I will not suffer from the bullying — sorry, ‘conditionality’ without bargaining power — that people on JSA or the Work Related Activities Group of ESA claimants have to endure. At 57 years old, how could this WCA make me any more employable in real terms?

    I go back to the original question about what kind of impact assessment the govt conducted into the axing of mobility payments for people in residential care. Carer Watch has given its own impact assessment of what the Work Capability Assessment has done to economically vulnerable people. (See ‘evidence to Harrington’ also on this site.) The ‘business as usual and beyond’ role out of the Work Capability Assessment by the DWP that is profiting a company that profits a company that exacerbates human misery tells what ConDem govt thinks about impact assessments regarding economically vulnerable people while HM Revenue & Customs lets companies like Vodafone get away with billions of pounds of unpaid tax.
    Alan Wheatley

    • Paul Says:

      What double standards- as if a real employer would regard your previous record of waged employment as ‘seamless’.

  3. Alan Wheatley Says:

    I accidentally kept the default tag of Green Party Spokesperson on Disability & Social Care Services intact in the message above.

    I stood down from that role on 28 October on the grounds that I could not really do the title justice when the ConDems were giving so much for the postholder to comment upon, and I wanted to make space in my life for other activities. Now I find that I’m doing basically the same things I did with that job title, but feeling under less obligation.

    And with reference to the Work Capability Appointment mentioned above, that has been deferred to a later date. The Atos Origin ‘Medical Examination Centre’ I attended today was way behind schedule. Another day, another anxious wait.

    But it’s better to campaign while waiting than to become a willing victim.

    • Paul Says:

      “But it’s better to campaign while waiting than to become a willing victim.”/

      I take your point. As you’re someone with experience of our political system, what is your most optimistic projection? And what steps would be needed for it to happen?

      Somehow shame them into backing down? They seem shameless. Reason with them? They’re too ‘determined’ for that. Or just keep campaigning until there’s a sea change of opinion?

      • ians12 Says:

        “Somehow shame them into backing down? They seem shameless. Reason with them? They’re too ‘determined’ for that. Or just keep campaigning until there’s a sea change of opinion?”

        I think the best we can do at present is simply to resist. Keep looking for that chink in their armour, keep posting on places like this. Keep exposing facts to undermine their arguments.

  4. Paul Says:

    From my perspective one of the most unjust aspects of this is that I get very depressed very easily, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I keep having to remind myself not to give up and that resistance is NOT futile, so I agree with ians12 comments above.

    But what we lack is a plan. Successful peope in all sphere’s of life know the value of positive visualisation – if you can imagine success it can help to achieve it.

    In another sphere of activity, in another country, an immensely brave campaign group called The Jewish Voice For Peace is starting to achieve success despite challenging some very deap-seated national sentiments (sections of Israeli society truly hate and loathe them). The odds were stacked up against them, (and still are, but less so every day they refuse to give in). Just a small quote from their latest newsletter:-

    “Dear Paul,

    Last week, the oldest and most respected Jewish paper in the United States, the Jewish Daily Forward, did the unimaginable. They named Rebecca Vilkomerson, the director of of Jewish Voice for Peace, one of the top 50 Jewish leaders in the United States.”

    I’m not on a soap box here. My point is that even if you disagree with their goals it’s impossible to deny they are moving mountains. They are very organised and they believe they will prevail. Or is that “they believe they will prevail and this helps them stay focussed and organised”?

    Sustained self-belief is difficult for vulnerable people, especially when we are opposed and betrayed by those charged with our support, (can you believe the evil??!!), but I believe some kind of realistic plan of action, a set of achievable goal would help with morale.

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